Friday, 22 June 2012

August 18th, 2010

The next morning we rode to the visitor centre and signed up for the free tour

Lots of information on Manic 5 including this scale model.  The dam was built between 1959 and 1970 for the purpose of hydroelectric power.  It is the world’s largest multiple arch and buttress dam. 

Cameras aren’t allowed while inside the facility, but we managed to take this shot looking up in the main arch.

The dam is 702 ft. tall and contains enough concrete to build a sidewalk from the north to the south pole.

A couple we met while taking the tour.  They’re heading back to Baie Comeau.

Anyone who is planning to ride the Trans Lab, take the tour!  You won’t regret it!

This shot will give you an idea of how big Manic 5 is.  Can you spot Amanda on her bike?

The gravel road begins…everything leading up to Manic 5 is mostly, if not all, paved. 

Not having any rain for the last few days was great…

…but this means we’ll be riding through dusty conditions.

Taking a break to view Reservoir Manicouagan.  214 million years ago, an asteroid hit the earth creating the large circular crater that became the reservoir. 

We stopped at the service station in Relais-Gabriel and met two ADV inmates on their BMWs from the U.S.

I guess now will be a good time to prepare supper

$1 Knorr Sidekick rice with chopped carrots

We rode a few kilometers north of Relais-Gabriel and pulled off into a sand pit to camp

Branches are not strong enough to set up a bear hang; hope we make it through the night. 

113 km

14 buttresses.

12 massive water turbines.

Power that makes sense.

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